BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa Board of Directors serves as the central administrative leadership of the organization. The Board is responsible for all legal and fiscal matters, strategic planning and development, as well as working with Gilboa's youth leadership on camper recruitment, facilities maintenance, public relations and the health, safety and welfare of our campers.  

The Board and its committees are comprised of alumni, parents of campers, Habonim-Dror ma'apilim (youth leadership) and friends of Gilboa who volunteer their time, energy and support.  Please email the Chair if you'd like to pitch in.

Mark Howorth, Board President, is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Panavision, the largest provider of motion picture cameras and lenses.  Prior to that Mark was a Partner at Bain & Company, a leading strategic consulting firm, where he spent 15 years.  For 8 years he was the CEO of National Mobile Television, a provider of television production trucks to the live event marketplace.  As a lay leader, Mark served on the Board of Congregation Tikvat Jacob in Manhattan Beach, where he has had the role of Executive VP and VP of Finance over the last seven years. He does charitable work for UC Berkeley, both in the academic and athletic arenas.  Mark's two sons attended Camp Gilboa from an early age; Both Ari and Jack are currently on tzevet.  His wife, Amy, is currently the Mayor of Manhattan Beach and has served as an elected official for the last 10 years.  Mark Graduated UC Berkeley with a Bachelor's degree and has an MBA from Harvard University.

Julie Macht Beenhower, Board VP, is a Gilboa alum as well as the mother of four Gilboa campers. Julie brings an eclectic group of skills to her role as board member, including legal expertise, marketing and graphic design experience.  Julie has served as an active member of the BHUSD PTA and LAUSD PTA bringing an award-winning green curriculum to the Beverly Hills School District, and a variety of science-related mini-courses to Community Magnet School.  Julie is formerly a District Attorney who holds a JD from Cardozo University and a BA from UC Berkeley, and currently the Director of Development for Temple Emanu-El of Beverly Hills. 

Judith Landau, Board Secretary, is a Documentation Specialist with a San Diego software company. She has been actively volunteering for and supporting Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa for the past 15 years, after her daughter founded a local Gilboa youth group in San Diego. Judith serves on the Gilboa Camp Committee, helps with outreach in San Diego, and previously served as the volunteer Camp Registrar for two years.  She also manages and performs with a local Israeli choir.  Judith has a degree in Psychology from Manchester University (UK), and an Associate Degree in Computer Science from the Open University of Israel.  Her two sons have held leadership roles at Camp Gilboa, and in the Habonim Dror North America national youth movement.

David J. Oderberg, Treasurer, is founder and co-owner of TerraSage Technology Partners, a technology consultancy, and is a serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of software development and technology infrastructure experience. Previously David was co-founder of an Arizona-based software development and education company.  A Gilboa alum, David’s two sons attended camp starting in the early 2000’s and the youngest is now involved in leadership roles in the city program and at camp.  David has worked on the Gilboa camp committee for the last ten years, and also currently serves as vice president of the Institute for Jewish Education in Los Angeles. David holds a B.S. degree in Math and Computer Science and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from UCLA.

Elizabeth Bar-El, Immediate Past President, is a Senior Planner at the City of Santa Monica, with 25 years of professional urban planning experience.  She is a Gilboa alum and has been involved in the Gilboa Camp Committee for 10 years. She is also the former Chairperson of the LAUSD Construction Bond Citizens' Oversight Committee, on which she served for six years. In addition to her work with Camp Gilboa, Liz has been elected to multiple terms as her bargaining unit president and has been active as a volunteer in schools, synagogues and the American Planning Association. She is a UC Berkeley graduate, and holds an M.Sc. in Urban and Regional Planning from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.  Her two sons attended camp since 2004 and are now involved in leadership roles at camp and during the year. 

Barry Bar-El, Board Member, is Manager of Organization Development and Learning at Cedars-Sinai Health System, with 20 years of professional experience in work process improvement and management development. Barry grew up in England where he was active in Habonim Dror for many years, including a year serving as the national education director. After living in Israel through the 1980’s, he moved to Los Angeles. In addition to his involvement in Camp Gilboa, his volunteer work in L.A. has included the Adat Shalom (West Los Angeles) Board of Directors, serving as Secretary and Vice President for Community. Barry’s two sons are actively involved in Gilboa’s leadership and have both participated in Habonim Dror’s year-long Israel program (Workshop). Barry holds a B.A. from Manchester University and a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from Antioch University.

Julia Greenwald, Board Member, has been a social worker at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center for the past 24 years, working with children with Cystic Fibrosis and their families. In 2010, the Jewish Journal named Julia as one of its 10 mensches of the year, citing both her professional work and her work for Gilboa.  Julia was born in the Bronx, New York, and was a member of Hashomer Hatzair, a socialist Zionist youth movement. In Israel, in 1973, she met her husband, David, also a Hashomer member from Los Angeles. Their two sons attended Camp Gilboa. One is now a conservative rabbi in Los Angeles, and the other lives in Haifa, Israel, working with international Habonim Dror youth.  Julia previously served as the Gilboa Camp Committee chair for five years, spending four summers up at camp as “camp mom.” 

Seth Brysk, Board Member 

Eileen Maddis, Board Member 

Evan Goldblatt, Board Member

Kara Segal, Board Member, is currently a Program Manager at the New York City Department of Small Business Services. A former participant in the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs in New York City, Kara moved to New York after graduating from Brown University with a B.A. in Education Studies.  Prior to the fellowship, she worked in variety of social justice roles including facilitating a high school community service program, working with urban youth on college preparation, and participating in the Occupy Wall Street movement.  Kara has been deeply involved in the Gilboa and Habonim Dror community since 1996 as a camper, counselor, director, and alumna.

Saura Naim, Board Member, is Sr. Director at Juniper Networks, tasked with defining, driving, leading and delivering complex, cross-functional business transformation and strategic business operations as Head of Business Operations in the company’s Development and Innovation organization. In addition to her day job Saura is passionate about mentoring and promoting women in Hi-Tech, through activism inside Juniper as well as in organizations such as Tech Women and Watermark. Saura herself is a Habonim Dror alum who made aliyah with Garin Gal Hadash in the late 80s. She later moved to Tel Aviv where she attained a MS in Management and began her career in hi-tech. In 2001 she moved to Silicon Valley with her husband Koby and 3 children. Saura has been committed to building a NorCal presence and connection to Gilboa since 2006 when she began sending her own children to camp. All three, Matan, Timna and Tamir, are still engaged in Gilboa as campers, counselors and volunteers.

Alisa Belinkoff Katz, Board Member, recently retired from a 37-year career at Los Angeles City and County, where she served as Chief Deputy to City Councilmember and County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. She now serves as Facilitator for the Jewish Federation's New Leaders Project. Alisa was born at Kibbutz Gesher Haziv and grew up at Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa. She is now a national Board Member of Ameinu, as well as actively involved with Friends of the Forum which supports The Forum for Dialogue Among Nations, a Warsaw-based NGO whose mission is to foster Polish-Jewish dialogue. Alisa earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Brandeis University and a Master of Arts in Urban Studies from Occidental College. Between degrees, she participated in the Coro Foundation Fellows Program in Los Angeles.  

 


 Yonaton (Yoni) Shultz, Board Member, has had a long, distinguished professional career in Jewish education in Israel and the U.S. After a period in which he lived in Israel, Yoni returned to Los Angeles, where he worked as Young Judea's regional director and then as Principal at two local day schools. Yoni then began his 21 years as the Director of School Personnel Services at the Bureau of Jewish Education, working with the more than 1,000 Jewish educators and 150 administrators of the Day and religious schools of Los Angeles. Habonim, which he joined at the age of 9, was the inspiration for his career, and he held camp leadership positions including madrich (counselor), Merakez (Assistant Director), Rosh K.M. Bet (CIT head counselor) and a summer as Camp Gilboa’s business manager. In Israel, Yoni taught as a teaching assistant in the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University, at the Machon L'Madrichei Chutz La’aretz (the Institute for Jewish Youth Leadership from Abroad) and the Young Judaea Year Course in Jerusalem. He and his wife, Talma, also an educator, have three grandsons who will soon be old enough to continue the Camp Gilboa tradition.

Ethel Taft, Board Member, A former director of the Jewish Vocational Service, Ethel Taft now serves as program vice president of Ameinu's Los Angeles chapter, the second largest in the United States after New York. 

Helen Katz, Board Member, was a High School History teacher for several years before embarking on a full-time career as a community volunteer and activist.  Helen was active with Jewish Centers for many years, serving as president of Hollywood-Los Feliz JCC and as the first woman president of JCCA.  She also represented organizations and agencies at the Jewish Federation Council, participating for many years on the Planning and Allocations Committee and JCRC, as well as chairing the Personnel and Compensation committees.  Politics and the political process have been strong interests, perhaps sparked by the many lessons she learned about civic engagement from years of participation in Habonim and as a camper at Camp Gilboa.  Helen has a B.A. degree in history from Stanford University and a masters from USC.

Maya Paz, Board Member graduated a year early from UC Santa Cruz Spring 2014 with a Bachelor's in Psychology. She is still living in Santa Cruz and working for BALANCE4Kids, an organization that provides children with disabilities one on one aids during the school day, as well as a childcare provider at a local gym.  In between these two jobs Maya is taking prerequisites for graduate programs in Occupational Therapy, and of course remains very involved in Gilboa year round - this year as the Rosh Eizor for Northern California. Maya’s involvement at Gilboa began as a chanicha in 2006 and she has just finished her fourth summer on tzevet for Machaneh Gilboa. 

Adi Shapira, Board Member is a passionate and independent individual. She loves working with kids and hopes to continue to do that as her career develops. Adi has been involved in Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa for 8 years; starting as a camper and now working as the Activities Director for Southern California. Adi also teaches piano to students grades 1-6 and occasionally tutors other school related subjects. Adi currently attends Santa Monica College as a Neuroscience Major and is slowly becoming more involved in the field of research as well as patient care. 

Adam Paz, Board Member